Become a Clinical Examiner


Find a surgeon

The Find a Surgeon directory is a listing of active Fellows of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons who meet the requirements of the College's Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program and have opted to be on the list. This list excludes retired or inactive Fellows.


About the Faculty of Clinical Examiners

The newly formed Faculty of Clinical Examiners consists of Clinical Examination (CE) Committee members, and current Clinical Examiners. The CE Committee are looking for new members to join the Faculty of Clinical Examiners. Fellows from all specialties from anywhere in Australia and New Zealand are encouraged to apply. For more information on how to apply, visit Apply to the Faculty of Clinical Examiners.


  • Gain valuable CPD points - 12 points for the exam weekend (1 point per hour of examining) with a maximum of 15 per annum.
  • Opportunity to meet with colleagues from all over Australia and New Zealand
  • Involvement in the assessment of SET trainees, and of prevocational doctors wishing to apply to SET training
  • Invitation to attend the Examiner's Dinner; a nice occasion to socialise
  • Reimbursement of travel expenses incurred where travel is required

About the Clinical Examination

The CE is a practical exam which tests candidates' clinical application of the basic sciences as well as their technical and non-technical competencies. The exam is an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) consisting of 16 five-minute stations. Candidates are assessed as they undertake four instances of each of four station types: physical examination, non-technical skills, history taking and procedural skills.

Currently, this examination must be passed within the first two years of active training and trainees are permitted a maximum of four attempts. However, in June 2019 the CE will begin the transition from within SET training to the prevocational space (i.e. before SET selection). This will re-align the CE with the Generic Surgical Sciences Examination (GSSE) in the prevocational space and allow it to be used as a prerequisite for SET selection in the future.

An electronic tablet marking system (iPads) is used for marking at all Clinical Examinations.

Clinical Examination dates and locations can be viewed here, and more information on the Clinical Examination can be viewed here.


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